I had chance to look round the Trump International Hotel Washington DC recently, the same week that Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the USA with two million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. It’s a funny old world.
I have a dilemma.
I am not a fan of Mr Trump’s policies. In fact I can’t quite understand how anyone could vote for a man who openly mocks the disabled, which – I’m just putting it out there – I think is disgusting.
But I have to say (and here’s the dilemma…) if you are visiting Washington DC, this actually is a really nice hotel and in a great position.
It’s housed in the former Post Office and its tower is the tallest building in Washington (if you say that the Washington Monument is a monument not a building – that is taller).
It’s luxurious, has very ornate bedrooms (263 of them), a Spa by Ivanka (update: his daughter will not be giving massages, nor will Melania), a great restaurant and a bar where you can order wine by the spoon. No I’d never heard of that either.
Anyway, if you are a fan of Mr Trump here are a few photos to tempt you and some more information via Expedia (<<< click on Expedia) or you can see what people have said via Tripadvisor (<<<click on Tripadvisor).
The exterior of the hotel, which used to be a post office
The atrium, where you can grab a drink at the bar and try and spot Mitt Romney.
Room decor: too much is never enough, right?
Donald and family at the grand opening in October 2016. Or just add your own caption here…
It’s nearly the end of the year and suddenly you realise you have a few days holiday left over, which you can’t carry into 2017. For the Times recently I came up with a few ideas on where to use those few precious days of freedom… (click on each page to enlarge).
If you’re flying with Cathay Pacific this month, look out for my short article in their inflight magazine “Discovery”… all about New York bagels.
If you’re flying on Virgin Australia this month, look out for my article in its inflight magazine “Voyeur” about London, which asks if the British capital is losing its mojo after this year’s Brexit fun and games. (Spoiler alert: no, of course it’s not!)
The Pound has been taking a bit of a battering since the Brexit vote in June, but you can still find decent hotel value in New York City, if you plan ahead. Truth be told, when I was over there earlier this year checking out more budget-oriented hotels, not many of them really had a stand-out “wow” factor, but if you’re visiting the Big Apple you’re not really going to loll around your room all day, right? You just want somewhere clean, comfortable and safe.
So here are 20 hotels where you can get a bit more bang for your buck, as featured in my article that appeared in the Times last weekend.